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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 5:34 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2007

Harbor swells delay planned Superferry visit

Advertiser Staff

KAHULUI, Maui -- Hawaii Superferry has postponed tomorrow's planned visit to Maui, which was meant for crew training and to help realign a state-owned barge used for loading and unloading vessels from the 350-foot ferry.

The high-speed interisland ferry will sail for Maui on Wednesday to complete those tasks, conditions permitting, and is still planning to resume regular commercial service from Honolulu to Kahului on Thursday, company officials said.

An NCL cruise ship and the Hawaii Superferry barge broke several lines today as large swells rolled across Kahului Harbor.

Two lines connecting the barge to a pier snapped, according to Michael Formby, head of the state Department of Transportation's Harbors Division.

A tugboat is assisting the DOT with the state-owned ferry barge, which has broken its lines on two prior occasions.

The NCL's Pride of America broke several of its lines and was expected to cancel its overnight stay on Maui and depart tonight because of rough harbor conditions, Formby said.

He said "conditions are a challenge right now and we will report more later."